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ST. ALBANS — Irene (Giroux) Larose, age 92, widow of Arthur P. Larose, passed away peacefully Tuesday, March 1, 2016 at the Franklin County Rehab Facility in St. Albans after a long battle with Parkinson ’s disease.

She was born March 16, 1923 in Fairfield, the daughter of the late Euclide and Delia (Rancourt) Giroux

Irene graduated from St. Mary’s High School in St. Albans in 1941 and married Arthur Larose on May 22, 1943, celebrating 50 years of marriage in 1993. Irene devoted her life to raising her family. She was an accomplished seamstress and enjoyed writing poems. Her family and friends were fortunate to have received many of her poems written especially for them. Irene also wrote her autobiography for her family, which they had published for her on her 80th birthday. After raising her family, Irene and Arthur spent 30 years in Florida but she always considered Vermont her home where she returned to spend her final years.

Irene is survived by her sons and their wives, Philip and Ellen Larose, Alan and Terry Larose, all of Deland, Fla, Leonard and Kathy Larose, David and Diane Larose, all of Franklin, and Robert and Sharon Larose of Enosburg Falls; her daughter and her husband, Anne and Andre Laroche of Franklin; 17 grandchildren, 37 great grandchildren, 9 great great grandchildren; her sisters, Rita Larose of Richford, Claire Shepard and Alicia Fredette both of St. Albans; her sisters and brothers-in-law, Henry and Velma Larose of Leominister, Mass., Anita Mayhew of Richford, Remi Larose of Richford and Rosaire and Sharon Larose of Enosburg Falls; and many nieces and nephews.

Besides her parents, Irene was predeceased by her husband, Arthur Larose in 1995; her son, Mark Larose in 1966; her sisters, Annette Richards, Marge Luman and Gloria Walsh; her brother, Napoleon Bourgeois; her daughter-in-law, Mary Stone; and her sisters and brothers-in-law, Doris Bourgeois, Marie Larose, Gordon Luman, Herman Richards, Robert Walsh, Louis Shepard, Albert Larose, Ernest Larose, Gordon Mayhew and Paul Fredette.

Funeral services will be held Friday, March 11, 2016 at 11 a.m. at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, 222 Missisquoi Street, Enosburg Falls with Rev. Karl Hahr celebrating the Mass of Christian burial. Interment will follow in St. John the Baptist Cemetery.

Visiting hours will be held Thursday March 10, 2016 from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Spears Funeral Home, 96 Dickinson Avenue, Enosburg Falls.

For those who wish, contributions in Irene’s memory may be made to American Parkinson’s Disease Association, Vermont Chapter, P.O. Box 2191, South Burlington, VT 05407.

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